Sewing Tutorial: Fabric Christmas Tree Decorations – Perfect For A Last Minute Make

These decorations are a perfect quick Christmas sewing make – they also make great gifts.

Its that time of year where it all gets a little manic as I realise theres not long left for me to finish off all my Christmas present makes, no mater how early I start I always seem to end up at this stage with me looking at the calendar wondering if I will actually manage to get them all finished.  Luckily I have always managed to finish just in time – although I have been known to be frantically finishing off an item on Christmas Eve ready for the next day!

I have got most of the Elf gift bags finished, and have now decided to focus on some of my sewing Christmas makes.  First up is a fabric Christmas tree, these are perfect presents – especially if you are needing to post them as they are nice and flat.

I made these using fat quarters from the Christmas Birdhouse and Essential trends (red version) fat quarter sets by The Craft Cotton Company.

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

There is also another tutorial available for a smaller version of these trees – fabric Christmas trees take 2! As well as one for fabric tree bunting and also a crochet version too!

Christmas Tree Decoration Tutorial

Materials

To make one tree you will need:

  • 2 pieces of fabric for the 5 squares:
    • 5×5 cm, 7×7 cm, 9×9 cm, 11×11 cm, 13×13 cm
  • 2 pieces of fabric for the trunk:
    • 4x5cm.
  • 10 cm ribbon.
  • 5 buttons.

Assembly

  • Take two pieces of the same size and placing right sides together sew around leaving a gap for turning.  Turn out the right way, press and slip stitch the gap closed. Repeat with the remaining pieces, ending up with 5 squares.
  • Lay out the squares on top of each other in size order from largest to smallest.
  • Starting with the smallest square fold up the bottom point and sew to secure, next sew a button onto the folded part of the square. Repeat with the remaining squares.
  • Take the two trunk fabric pieces, and placing right sides together sew down the side, along the bottom and up the other side leaving the top edge unsewn. Turn out the right way, press and slip stitch the gap closed.
  • Sew the trunk onto the back of the largest square 1cm up from the bottom edge.
  • Take the ribbon and fold in half, place on the back of the smallest square 1cm down from the top of the square and sew to secure.

Sewing Tutorial: Quick And Easy Harry Potter Drawstring Bag

Making bags seems to have taken over at bit here at the moment and following on from my last minute quick make drawstring bag I focussed on making this quick and easy drawstring bag using some amazing Harry Potter fabric which was gifted to me by The Craft Cotton Company.

I wanted to add a little detail to the bag and knew I had to add a little golden snitch to the front of the bag. Luckily I had some golden and white felt in my stash and some matching embroidery threads – isn’t often I manage to have the right shades and normally have to rush out and by some to match!.

I love how this bag has turned out – I will definitely be making some more for gifting this Christmas.

The tutorial to make one is available over on The Craft Cotton Company’s blog.

Quick Sewing Project: Sewing A Fabric Drawstring Gift Bag

I had a gift ready to be gifted and had it mind to make a fabric drawstring bag to pop it in before gifting, but then the problems started….. I forgot about the making part until the day before I needed to pass the gift over!

Slight panic stations occurred and I rapidly looked through my fabric stash to see if I had anything suitable. I’ve been on a bit of a fabric scraps use up mission lately so wanted to try and keep this going and luckily I had some fabric pieces that were perfect.

This fabric was from the Craft Cotton Company’s London Town fat quarter set which was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

Tutorial to make the bag

  • For the front and back of the bag you will need two pieces of fabric that measure 26x30cm. They can be made up from patchwork pieces or be a single piece.
  • For the top drawstring parts of the bag you need two pieces of fabric 28×10. This gives you a front and back piece.
  • Take the two top drawstring parts of the bag and fold in the edges by 1cm and then fold in half (wrong sides together) so you have two pieces 26x5cm.
  • Take one of the top drawstring parts of the bag and the front piece of the bag and place right sides together with the top raw edge of the front piece and the bottom raw edge of the drawstring part aligned. Sew along the top edge to secure.
  • Take the front and back piece and place right sides together, sew down both the sides starting 3cm from the top edge and sewing diagonally inwards for 1cm and then down the rest of the side. Sew along the bottom edge. Turn out the right way.
  • Take a piece of ribbon 50cm long and thread through the top drawstring part of the bag, tie the two ends together to secure.

Sewing Tutorial: Cute And Cosy Whale Shark And Narwhal Teddy Soft Toys

I received some gorgeous blue themed fabrics from The Craft Cotton Company and the different shades of blues reminded me of the ocean so I decided to make something sea themed!

The first two sea creatures that came to mind where a whale shark and a narwhal, and so that is what I went with! very glad I stuck with them as I love how they have turned out.

The tutorials to make these cute little sea creatures are available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog, along with loads of other amazing tutorials.

Sewing Tutorial: Easter Tie Corner Basket With Rabbit Ears!

I received some gorgeous Peter Rabbit fabric from The Craft Cotton Company and knew I wanted to do something that featured rabbit ears and would be good for storing things at Easter. With this in mind I came up with an idea for a tie corner basket which would be great for keeping all those little eggs in one place and would mean I could also add some rabbit ear details.

Now I didn’t just want one set of ears so I decided to go all in and have sets of ears around all the edges! You could reduce the number of ears if you want and could even add some bunny tail pom poms in their place.

The tutorial to make one of these is available now over on The Craft Cotton Company blog:

Sewing Tutorial: Cute Mini Patchwork Triangle Easter Rabbits

Happily hopping out of the sewing pile are some rather cute Easter rabbits.

I wasn’t too sure whether I would have enough time to get all the Easter makes I wanted made in time this year, but despite my initial worries I am slowly starting to make some progress on my ‘to do’ list so hopefully I will get most of them completed in time – the rest will have to wait until next year!.

The next completed make out of the sewing pile (which is ridiculously big at the moment!) is some very cute Easter rabbits. I made some triangle chickens a few years ago and have been wanting to do a few variations on these ever since – scarily that was over 4 years ago – I really need to stop adding more projects to my to do list!,

These little rabbits are perfect for using up fabric leftovers – I love a project that can use fabric leftovers as it means they wont go to waste. The great thing with these rabbits is that even really small fabric leftovers can be used since you could make each part in a different colour or even use patchwork pieces for the parts for the really small fabric leftovers. I used fabric leftovers from The Craft Cotton Company fat quarters for these rabbits.

I cant wait to make a few more of these – and hopefully I will have time to make a few more variations – hopefully it wont be as long a wait for the next ones!

Triangle Rabbits Pattern:

Materials:

Fabric – This project is great for using up fabric leftovers from other projects as all the pieces could even be in different colours.

Pins

Needle

Thread

Pencil

Paper

Toy stuffing

Embroidery thread for face details

Scissors

1- Make the templates for the rabbits.  On to paper draw out:

A triangle with 14cm sides.

An outer ear shape 12cm high.

An inner ear piece 8cm high. 

2- Cut out the templates and use them to cut out your fabrics, each rabbit needs 4 triangle pieces (3 body pieces and a base), 4 outer ear pieces and 2 inner ear pieces.

3- Take an inner ear piece and place onto one of the outer ear pieces with both pieces with right sides facing upwards.  Sew around the edge of the inner ear to secure. 

4- Take another outer ear piece and place right side down on top and sew around leaving a 4cm gap for turning on the side of the ear.  Turn out the right way and sew the gap closed. Repeat with the remaining ear pieces to make the second ear.  

5- Take two of the triangles, place right side together and sew down the side to secure leaving a 1cm gap at the bottom.

6 – Take one of the ears and turn in the side edges at the base of the ear so they meet in the middle then place right side down on top of a triangle piece. Pin to secure, then place the joined triangle pieces on top and sew down the side to secure.  Repeat with the other ear on the other side.

7- Take the remaining triangle and pin to the bottom of the joined triangle pieces.  Sew to secure, leaving a 5cm gap for turning. 

8- Turn out the right way and place the stuffing into the rabbit.  Sew the gap closed.

9- Using embroidery thread and a running stitch sew on eyes, nose and mouth details.

10- Make a pom pom with white wool and a 2.5cm pom pom maker (or pieces of card).  Sew to the back of the rabbit.